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[ak-ruh-bat-iks] /ˌæk rəˈbæt ɪks/
(used with a plural verb) the feats of an acrobat; gymnastics.
(used with a singular verb) the art or practice of acrobatic feats.
(used with a plural verb) something performed with remarkable agility and ease:
the verbal acrobatics of a habitual liar.
Origin of acrobatics
1880-85; see acrobatic, -ics Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The show goes on nightly unless weather conditions make the fire and acrobatics too dangerous to perform.
  • In the winter months, migrating humpback whales make a ruckus right off shore, thrilling onlookers with their mating acrobatics.
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  • It's show time, and at first the acrobatics got off to a wobbly start.
  • Mantas have few predators-only large sharks-so it's not known why they perform such aerial acrobatics.
British Dictionary definitions for acrobatics


(functioning as pl) the skills or feats of an acrobat
(functioning as sing) the art of an acrobat
(functioning as pl) any activity requiring agility and skill: mental acrobatics
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for acrobatics

1859, from acrobatic; also see -ics. Also acrobatism (1864). In early 20c. acrobacy (from French acrobacie) sometimes was used.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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